Business Profile

Ranjit Mathrani

Business Profile: Masala World

By Joe Lutrario

Ranjit Mathrani’s Masala World operates 10 restaurants in central London, but now looks set to take its authentic Indian food and high service standards nationwide.

Chris Benians, left, and Andy Bassadone concentrate on great food and great service

Business Profile: Cote

By Joe Lutrario

The mid-market veterans behind Strada and Côte discuss the benefits of cooking from scratch, refining existing concepts, and explain how to rollout at pace.

Alex Reilley, managing director of Loungers

Business profile: Loungers

By Joe Lutrario

Helmed by Alex Reilley, Loungers is turning heads across the industry with its blend of homely surroundings, genuine all-day dining offer and cleverly located units.

Jale Erentok hopes to open three to five Busaba Eathais each year

Business Profile: Busaba Eathai

By Joe Lutrario

Busaba Eathai is among the few chains to gain plaudits from the critics and guides. Operations director and head honcho Jale Erentok discusses food quality, working cultures and the chain’s plans to expand steadily

Jillian MacLean will open sites five and six next year

Business Profile: Drake & Morgan

By William Drew

Inspirational and driven, entrepreneur Jillian MacLean is rapidly expanding her young company, Drake & Morgan, to be the envy of the bar-restaurant sector

Tom Byng, founder of Byron

Business Profile: Byron

By Stefan Chomka

Byron founder Tom Byng enjoys the freedom of a fledgling brand with the backing of a multi-million pound business. He also has a passionate desire to change the way we think about burgers

David Ramsden, chief executive of Dogs restaurant group

Business Profile: Dogs

By Joe Lutrario

David Ramsden, chief executive of the Edinburgh-based Dogs restaurant group, on making the transition from fine to casual dining, finely tuned margins and ambitious expansion plans

Jonathan Kaye

Business profile: Jonathan Kaye of Prezzo

By Paul Wootton

Belonging to one of the UK's great restaurant dynasties has set the bar high for Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye. He's learned to move with the times - including giving his first media interview

David Niven values Nando's  social culture

Business profile: David Niven of Nando's

By Paul Wootton

David Niven has led Nando's through the recession by emphasising the company's commitment to its workforce, an act of faith which has paid off handsomely

Jamie Barber

Business profile: Jamie Barber

By Paul Wootton

Jamie Barber, owner of Hush and Villandry talks about these brands and his latest concept Kitchen Italia

Giraffe founders Juliette and Russel Joffe

Business profile: Giraffe

By Paul Wootton

Giraffe founders Russel and Juliette Joffe talk about  how they built the Giraffe brand into a premier family-led business

Rupert Clevely, founder of Geronimo Inns

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Business Profile: Rupert Clevely of Geronimo Inns

By Paul Wootton

Geronimo Inns has eschewed a one-size-fits-all approach to pubs, opting instead to tailor each of its 28 sites to its location. And it's working, according to its founder Rupert Clevely

Marcello and Carlo di Stefano Photograph: Suzanne Mitchell

Business profile: San Carlo

By Paul Wootton

Food, atmosphere, hard work and passion have helped San Carlo become one of the most successful family-owned restaurant companies in the UK – and landed them a franchise deal with one of the Middle East’s richest companies

Business profile: D&D London

Business profile: D&D London

By Paul Wootton

D&D London has ambitious expansion plans in spite of the troubled economy. Its chairman and MD explain how theyre weathering the storm

Business profile: Benugo

Business profile: Benugo

By Paul Wootton

Warner brothers presents a group of bespoke restaurants in public spaces and a ground-breaking chain of sandwich bars. So how did the Benugo boys do it?

Business profile: Clapham House Group

Business profile: Clapham House Group

By Paul Wootton

The Clapham House Group surprised everyone by calling the downturn early. But the resulting changes the company made to its business strategy have paid off, says its chief executive Paul Campbell

Business profile: Rhubarb takes flight

Business profile: Rhubarb takes flight

By Emma Eversham

Catering company Rhubarb has opened its first restaurant and its at Heathrows T3. BigHospitality went along to see how it is performing in an environment dominated by established high street operators

Business profile: Leon

Business profile: Leon

By Paul Wootton

Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent set up fast food chain Leon after spotting a gap in the market. And they’ve got some pretty ambitious plans, including going worldwide.

Business profile: Robin Rowland of YO! Sushi

Business profile: Robin Rowland of YO! Sushi

By Paul Wootton

An extraordinarily loyal customer base coupled with increased investment in staff will help YO! Sushi ride out the current economic storm, says its chief executive Robin Rowland.

Business profile: Richard Caring

Business profile: Richard Caring

By Ben Shipton

Richard Caring has announced expansion plans in 22 countries. And involvement with a Brighton greengrocer. Whats going on?

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

By Paul Wootton

Other brands have tried and failed but Wagamama chief executive Steve Hill believes his cult noodle chain company has what it takes to succeed in the States

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